While we were in London, I'd occassionally get word from my friends back home that Raleigh was changing. Or trying to change, anyway. I kept hearing that people were starting to call the Glenwood South area 'GloSo', for example. In an attempt to create a 'SoHo' type of feel, I assume. I was all "Wha??? Seriously??? That's so f-ing lame."
Then I heard they were rebranding 'downtown' as 'uptown'. And I was all "Wha??? Seriously??? That makes no f-ing sense. It's either downtown or it's uptown and you don't get to just arbitrarily decide. It's determined by DIRECTION, am I right??? This is so f-ing lame."
This, however, was the biggest blow of all. Renaming North Raleigh (my 'hood) 'midtown'. The first time we saw it was on the website for a new hotel/luxury condo that was being built. It kept saying things like "Midtown Raleigh's only luxury highrise living destination" and "Live in ultimate style in Raleigh's Midtown" and "Mingle with hotel guests and fellow residents on the rooftop bar overlooking Midtown Raleigh".
I was all "Wha??? Seriously??? Don't you need an uptown and a downtown before you can have a midtown??? And what in the holy lord's name do they think they're overlooking?? Crabtree Valley Mall is what! Who wants to enjoy a cocktail and mingle while looking at Crabtree Valley Mall and its parking deck??? That's so f-ing lame. It'll never stick."
Well, it looks like the News & Observer (or the News & Disturber as it's affectionately called round these parts) has gotten behind this cause. We noticed when we moved back into our house that a newspaper was being thrown on our lawn every Wednesday. We never gave it much notice. To be honest - it usually ended up in the recycling pile, unread. Until yesterday morning...
Jason brought it inside on his way back home from the gym and we perused it while we had our coffee together. It was only then that we noticed the name of the paper:
GAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! Whoever is behind this is going to such great lengths to rebrand us that they're willing to pay the N&O to deliver a free newspaper once a week.
Well, I say NO WAY. I'm not biting. And just as soon as I get a new Sharpie, I'm going to get up early every Wednesday and change the name on all the neighbors' papers too.
Raleigh, it pains me to do this because in my heart of hearts, you know I love you so. But you're getting a little too big for your britches. You're officially On Notice.